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Alice Springs Town Council 2003/2004 Annual Report



Alice Springs Town Council 2003/2004 Annual Report

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Annual report 2003/2004; Alice Springs Town Council annual report


Alice Springs Town Council


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




Alice Springs (N.T.). Council -- Periodicals; Local government -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs -- Periodicals

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Alice Springs Town Council

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Alice Springs


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Alice Springs Town Council 2004/2005 Annual Report Page 28 5.5 Effective Strategic and Business Planning and Reporting Documents available for public inspection The majority of Councils documents are available for inspection by the public. A copy of any document may be obtained, for which a charge will apply. Alternatively, most documents can be viewed on the Council website at http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov. au/council/council_pubs.asp O rg an is at io ndouble the figure for the same time in April 2004. The site enables people from interstate and oversees to view descriptions of the attractions, culture and history of Alice Springs and Central Australia. A large proportion of visitors come to the site after searching the web for Alice Springs and 6 per cent of all visitors to the site are from oversees. As well as tourism information and Council services the site also provides up to date information on entertainment, transport, events, maps, weather and news. Future developments in the pipeline include a more dynamic community directory and calendar, with organisations being able to update their own information, more links to related websites and additional pages with an improved history of Alice Springs and the surrounding region. Public Consultation Community Consultation Framework At the March 2005 Council meeting, Council resolved to endorse the Draft Framework in principle and to release the document for broad community consultation. The resolution supports community consultation as an essential part of the democratic process, and as an informed two way communication process between Council and the community. Consultation is a critical part of fostering community involvement and community engagement. Invitations to provide feedback on the Draft Framework were posted out to 75 key stakeholders, as well as placed on Councils website, and advertisements placed in the local newspaper. As the Community Consultation Framework is considered a dynamic document and always open to review and improvement, community feedback will be taken into account on an ongoing basis to ensure the Framework reflects the needs of the community. Objectives of the Framework include: Recognising that residents have a right to participate in decisions which may affect them Ensuring Council is informed about the needs and aspirations of its residents Building a balance partnership between Council & community Creating a sense of community ownership of outcomes & Council actions The Draft Framework was adopted in July 2005. 5.4 Efficient, Effective and Responsive Corporate Services Information Technology New initiatives and enhancements for Councils Information Technology Department include: Implementation of a new weighbridge accounting system at the landfill, allowing for faster processing and better monitoring and reporting, using modern equipment and software. Implementation of phase one of the new records management system, integrating the tracking of our paper documents into our core software system. Implementation of phase one of the e-services system, allowing for online payment of Rates and other Council accounts. Implementation of a new intranet, bringing together information into one portal for staff Enhancements to the Alice Springs portal website, including local plant database, improved events and community directories and photo gallery. Conversion of Council's computers to a standardised Windows XP and Office XP installation with streamlined upgrading, patching and antivirus management Registry Authority EDM Implementation Project An Electronic Document Management system was implemented to replace the existing paper based records processes within Council. All of Councils official records will now be kept in electronic form. Benefits include: Better records management Instant & secure access to records electronically Retention of corporate knowledge Improved business processes & efficiency